Posted by Marcia Dick December 19, 2012 07:46 AM
The annual winter solstice - the shortest day of the year - falls on Dec. 21 but was celebrated Dec. 15 in Cambridge by the Friends of Alewife Reservation. Medford photographer George McLean was there to chronicle the event:
"We started with an introduction and in a circle where everyone identified themselves one at a time. Then salutations to the winter spirits and the guardians of the silver maples that have been there for so long.
"I knew some of the 185 alewife hawks folks, but there were a lot of people I had never seen. A great ceremony guided by Maya Apfelbaum and Ellen Mass as a young boy played a flute and people danced and chanted.
"Suddenly someone said 'look!' Everyone looked up and silhouetted against the sun, sitting in a tree overhead watching the ceremony was a large Red tail hawk. I ran to the side and started taking photos. I got one as he flew off.
"I think this one of the young I have followed the past two or three years in the area.
I thought if this was not a sign from nature, nothing is, as i got a chill down my spine."